Arsenal are exploring whether Kieran Tierney can AVOID isolating for 14 days following Stuart Armstrong’s positive Covid-19 test on Scotland duty
- Arsenal are exploring whether Kieran Tierney can avoid isolating for 14 days
- Tierney was told to quarantine after Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid
- The isolation period will currently see Tierney miss their Manchester City trip
- Armstrong will be free to face Chelsea on October 17 after 10 day isolation
Arsenal are exploring whether Kieran Tierney can avoid having to isolate for a fortnight – and miss their Manchester City trip – after Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19.
Tierney, along with Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie and two members of Scotland staff are required to undergo 14 days in isolation following Southampton midfielder Armstrong’s result.
The quartet were deemed to be ‘close contacts’ of Armstrong who initially tested negative for coronavirus when he linked up with Scotland on Monday before a secondary UEFA test on Tuesday was returned positive on Wednesday.
Arsenal are exploring whether Kieran Tierney can avoid having to isolate for a fortnight
While Armstrong isolates for 10 days and will be free to face Chelsea on October 17, Tierney, Christie and a masseur and physio are required to for two weeks.
All three players will also miss Scotland’s upcoming triple header, starting with Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Israel.
The situation has frustrated Arsenal and Tierney – due to face City on October 17 – with the left-back having tested negative three times in the last week and also proved he has antibodies to the virus in another check.
Arsenal are planning talks with the SFA, Scottish government and health officials north of the border to discuss whether Tierney will now have to see out the full isolation period.
Tierney may quarantine as Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19
Should Tierney have to isolate, boss Mikel Arteta will miss him for their Manchester City trip
Arsenal are also investigating whether they will be allowed to bring Tierney back to England with all five affected currently having to isolate in Scotland.
Southampton’s players, already due to be off this weekend, have been ordered to stay away from their Staplewood HQ from Thursday while it undergoes a deep clean, before being allowed back on Monday.
Meanwhile UEFA are expected to confirm Thursday that Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s provisional Europa League squad.
The omission is set to come as Arsenal renew their attempts to reach a pay-off agreement with Ozil who has been frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta.
Ozil’s £350,000-per-week deal expires next summer though he can’t join a new club in Europe until January complicating Arsenal’s hopes of persuading him to leave now the summer window has closed.